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Planners shift adult business zone

While Rosemount doesn't currently have any adult-oriented uses within its borders, the city's planning commission recently took the time to make some changes to the ordinance that regulates where they located.

After a public hearing, the planning commission made a recommendation that the city council remove language requiring adult uses be in the heavy industrial zone and add language that adult uses be restricted to an area north of County Road 42 and east of Akron Avenue. During the public hearing, resident Frank Dole asked several questions about the area included but did not express any opinions on the matter.

There haven't been any applications to open an adult-oriented business in Rosemount. Rather, the changes came about when construction on a US Highway 52 interchange was being planned. The construction of the interchange required the removal of an adult business in Cannon Falls. At the time an appraiser with the Minnesota Department of Transportation called to inquire about Rosemount's ordinances to help him determine the property value.

When staff reviewed the city's ordinance, senior planner Eric Zweber said, they discovered some discrepancies.

Zweber said the goal of the amendments is to clarify adult use location standards. According to the staff memo, the general approach to zoning for adult-use businesses, such as strip clubs, is to provide an area of the community that the business could locate while protecting the overall community from potential negative impacts. Rosemount has historically chosen the industrial portion of the city as that location.

The amendment means there would be approximately 1,000 acres of land available for adult uses if a business was interested in opening in Rosemount.

At an earlier meeting, commissioner Wade Miller brought up concerns that locating such business on the outer areas of town may make them harder to monitor. However, Police Chief Eric Werner said the police department is responsible for the entire city and that officers could adequately patrol and monitor the area.

Commissioner Syed Hussein asked if there is any evidence to support the city's action to keep adult uses in the more rural areas of the community.

Zweber said there have been a number of studies done that show adult uses can affect property values.

The city council will discuss the amendment at an upcoming meeting.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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